Blogging Revolution May Help Save Terri's LifeFri Feb 18, 2005 19:4322.214.171.124
Bloggin' for Terri
Blogging Revolution May Help Save Terri's Life
CYBERSPACE, February 17, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) - During the US
presidential election, many heard for the first time about the rise
in influence of the "bloggers," the wave of self-publishing internet
journalists whose up-to-the nanosecond news reporting caused the
downfall of CBS's anchor-Titan Dan Rather.
Now that the bloggers have found themselves powerful enough to depose
one of mainstream broadcast media's most powerful icons, they are
realizing their power in other areas. A group of pro-life bloggers
has banded together to try to stop the starvation death of Terri
Schindler-Schiavo. One of the writers on the group 'blog, "Tim,"
wrote, "Terri's bloggers have a lot of work to do. We need to do what
we are doing which is organizing the largest telephone and email
campaign this ole country's seen in a very long time."
For some time, concerned pro-lifers and disability rights activists
have followed the story of Terri's parents' fight for her life by
reading the 'blogs. One in particular, Fr. Rob Johansen, a friend of
Terri and the Schindlers, has posted frequently on Terri's case. His
information has sometimes contradicted or clarified mainstream
media's often imprecise pronouncements.
The term 'blog' is short for 'weblog' and refers to the type of
website that can be updated by the moderator from any internet
terminal, carry links to other sites and enable readers to type in
their comments. The secret of the power of 'blogs is the incredibly
rapid worldwide exchange of information they make possible when
bloggers get connected. In the case of the ProLifeBlogs.com, the
specified purpose is to organize into a one-stop 'blog site where
information can be gleaned that is not hampered by mainstream media
Most blogs carry a 'blogroll' on a sidebar that connects with other
'blogs with similar interests. ProLifeBlogs.com has called for
bloggers to join their blogroll and will issue a media release when
they have reached 100 blogs.
Bloggers talk to each other over the internet and are often able,
therefore, to get on-the-spot information - from anywhere in the
world and often from eyewitnesses - at a speed that traditional print
and broadcast journalists can only envy. Much of the mainstream media
information about the war in Iraq, for example, was contradicted by a
group of bloggers in Baghdad calling themselves the Iraqi Bloggers.
All journalism, whether print, broadcast or online, is heavily
dependent on the internet but bloggers are rarely professional
journalists and blogging can be done from home with minimal computer
skills for little or no cost. One blogger told LifeSiteNews.com "If
you have the skills to surf, you have the skills to blog."
Many bloggers feel that their 'blogs serve the same purpose as the
self-published underground newsletters, called 'samizdat' that helped
bring down Eastern European communism in the 1980's. The rapid
exchange and dissemination of information at ground level by ordinary
people has made it harder for politicians or media or wayward
Churchmen to keep their secrets.
True to form, the bloggers have taken up the story of Terri's blogger-
defenders before a press release was officially issued.
check out these blogs for Terri
-- "Your Rights Are Your Security.
He Who Demands Your Rights
Aims To Take Your Security
--firstname.lastname@example.org -- http://vetzine.blogspot.com/
"These Orwellian Times" On Crusade Radio
Speak Up For Freedom Of Speech
THE SAGA OF TERRI SCHIAVO
Innocent Disabled Lady Sentenced to Nazi-Style - 'Death By Starvation' In Florida
“I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live” Deuteronomy 30:19
Terri was a Battered Wife?
One year after Terri's collapse, a bone scan revealed that she had compression fractures and apparent traumatic injuries.
Michael wants Terri's body cremated following her death. Attorneys with the Thomas More Legal Center, a pro-life law firm, are worried that doing so would destroy any evidence investigators could use to ascertain whether Terri was a victim of domestic abuse. SEE BONE SCAN http://www.apfn.org/apfn/bone.pdf
A 1991 medical report about Terri’s condition was not released at the insistence of Mr. Schiavo. Only recently has the information contained in that transcript been available. The unnamed physician who reviewed that nuclear imaging bone scan found evidence of ‘multiple fractures.’ ‘Somebody worked her over real good.’
They want the suspected violence and subsequent lack of treatment for her breaks to be investigated before Judge Greer rules on whether her feeding tube is removed. http://www.ragged-edge-mag.com/1102/1102ft1.html
Allegations prompt call for criminal probe into suspected abuse
One particular allegation that was "very disturbing" to Hennessy and prompted the request for a criminal investigation was lodged by Carla Sauer Iyer, a registered nurse who cared for Terri from about April of 1995 until August of 1996.
Iyer alleged that Terri's blood sugar levels were normally "very stable due to the uniformity of her diet." While she suspects Schiavo of injecting Terri with regular insulin to drive her into hypoglycemic shock, she acknowledged that she has no proof.
"She noted at least five times when Michael Schiavo would come to visit Terri, close the door to her room and then emerge sometime later and leave," Hennessy related. "On those occasions, Iyer had tested Terri's blood sugar, and the level was so low it wasn't even registering, she would administer dextrose to get Terri...out of danger."
Iyer's affidavit detailed the alleged incidents.
- Legal Update on Schiavo Case + Ron Panzer, Fri Feb 18 19:56
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